Foster Parents Reimbursed Less

1 decade 2 years 1 month ago Wednesday, October 03 2007 Oct 3, 2007 Wednesday, October 03, 2007 7:22:10 AM CDT October 03, 2007 in News
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NEW YORK (AP) - A new survey finds most states reimburse foster parents significantly less than the actual cost of raising a foster child. And the authors say that makes it tough to find good foster homes. To adequately cover the cost of rearing a foster child, base payments in 28 states would need to be raised at least 50 percent. And the survey found Missouri and four other states would need to more than double their current base rates. Missouri officials noted the state recently increased subsidies to foster parents for the first time since 2001. But they acknowledged the rates were still below recommended guidelines. The survey was compiled by the University of Maryland School of Social Work, the National Foster Parent Association and a New York-based advocacy group called Children's Rights.

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